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Dave Smallen is research psychologist with a focus on studying and communicating about relationships and human connection. He holds a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dave's writing has appeared in online (Salon) and print (Psychology Today) outlets, and his published research can be found in respected academic journals such as the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and the Journal of Family Psychology. He also writes the Psychology Today Blog: A Shared Existence.

Dave was born and raised in Oakland, CA, and prior to training as a social scientist worked as musician and songwriter with both independent and major label (Capitol Records) releases. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife, baby, and rescue pup, teaches psychology, and makes visual art.

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